As we drove the final hours into Salt Lake City, Mitchell was burning up and acting almost comatose. By the time we arrived at my parents, we dropped Jansen and Reesa off, threw their luggage on the driveway and headed straight to Primary Children's Hospital. Jake was driving so fast we actually got pulled over and told the officer our kid was really sick, so he let us go. (another miracle!) When we arrived at the ER Mitchell's fever was 106.7 F. They immediately started shock protocol took off all his clothes, gave him Tylenol oxygen and got a team to do an IV. Mitchell has had so many IV's attempts in his life (maybe 200?) that we were sickend at the thought of having to try again for hours. BUT our prayers being answered they had an IV team of 4 come and using a red light to illuminate the skin got his IV on the FIRST TRY!!! Neither Jake nor I could hold back the tears of gratitude and relief!
Here's a Video of Jake making Mitchell laugh while waiting in the ER for lab results.
Five sleepless nights and days and one surgery later, we finally got outta there! Jake and I joked that we were just staying at our time share in Utah. OR We went on vacation to try out another hospital. Actually we couldn't have asked for a better place to be. Everyone was so understanding and caring. Mitchell had to spend Easter in the hospital and he got an Easter basket and tons of goodies. Our other kids were having a great time with cousins and didn't seem to miss us too much. We felt so lucky to have so much family around.
Easter outfits, they didn't wear together...
Zaylee, Grandma Sue, Cianna, and Zoey
Jansen loved being a big brother again...
So after our stressful hospital stay we headed back home! It made Jake and I realize once again we might not have Mitchell with us forever and that we really need to cherish the daily opportunities we are having... even if sometimes they are painful.